On Liberty

Sam Adams and Mayor Walsh should sponsor St. Patrick's Peace Day


Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for Boston.com.

I like Sam Adams beer. I also like Samuel Adams, the American patriot, after whom the beer was named.

As I'm sure all of you history buffs recall, Adams was the guy who in 1768 called on the American colonists to engage in "non-cooperation" with the British crown, on the grounds that the occupation of Boston by British soldiers violated the British constitution.

Mayor Walsh should honor St. Patrick by marching with Veterans for Peace



Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for Boston.com.

Newly-elected Mayor Marty Walsh should be commended for trying to open Boston's annual St. Patrick's Day parade to all of Boston's residents by brokering an invitation for gay-rights groups to march in the parade.

The sun is shining and some are blaming the light


Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for Boston.com.

In a classic PR maneuver, the Obama administration and a few lawmakers are trying to divert attention from revelations that our government has built the capacity to secretly spy on hundreds of millions of ordinary Americans. It appears as if they would rather have us argue about whether NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden is a hero or villain than focus on the substance of his revelations.

Targeting teenage rapper smacks of prosecutorial abuse


Carol Rose

Carol Rose, executive director of the ACLU of Massachusetts, originally wrote this blog for Boston.com.

An 18-year-old high school student from the Boston suburb of Methuen is facing two decades in prison, charged with "communicating a terrorist threat."The young aspiring rapper, Cameron D’Ambrosio, a/k/a Cammy Dee, reportedly posted the following to his Facebook page on May 1, 2013: "Fuck a Boston bomb wait till u see the shit I do, I'm be famous rapping, and beat every murder charge that comes across me!"